International Centre for Counter Terrorism opens in The Hague 01 Jun 2010
The new research and knowledge centre on terrorism prevention has been officially launched by Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen.

On 31 May 2010 the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) The Hague was officially launched during a ceremony at the Peace Palace, in The Hague.

The event brought together several experts in the fields of terrorism and counter-terrorism, international law and human rights. Michèle Coninsx, vice-president of Eurojust reminded the guests about the continuing importance of the fight against terrorism, and the need to do so while maintaining respect for human rights. Mr. Richard Barrett, the Coordinator of the United Nations Al-Qaida and Taliban Monitoring Team spoke about the future activities of the Centre in relation to the UN counter-terrorism strategy.  Mr. Gilles de Kerchove, EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, spoke of the European Union’s counter-terrorism strategy and the likely challenges the new ICCT will face in addressing issues of terrorism. Prof. Michael Buback (Professor at Göttingen University and son of Siegfried Buback , late federal, Attorney General in Germany, killed by the Rote Armee Fraktion in 1977) addressed issues regarding the fight against terrorism from the perspective of victims. The Centre was officially launched by the Netherlands Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Maxime Verhagen.


ICCT – The Hague

The Centre is a result of an initiative originating in the Dutch parliament (motion Çörüz, April 2008) and will initially receive financial support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Centre will be supported by the collective efforts of three Hague-based institutions active in the fields of international law and security, namely the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, the Institute for International Relations Clingendael and the Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism of Campus The Hague / Leiden University. The Centre aims to connect the knowledge and expertise to strengthen research and policy in the fight against terrorism. The Centre will focus on issues such as de- and counter-radicalisation, human rights, impunity, the rule of law and communication in relation to counter-terrorism.





More information about the Centre can be found at the website: International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague

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